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Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: June 16, 2014, 07:23:42 PM »
Think Big :)

Very nice photo, and nicely framed.  Is this a King Charles Cavalier?  That's what we have, except ours is the tri-color

Lenses / Re: EF-M 55-200 4.5-6.3 IS STM Coming Shortly
« on: June 16, 2014, 04:26:43 PM »
This is the lens that I've wanted for the system.  I often carry the 70-300L along with my Tamron 24-70 VC + 6D while traveling.  I also bring the M for the moments when I want to go out very light, typically with the 22mm.  Being able to leave the 70-300L home would be sweet; I use a tele sparingly for general travel, so as long as the image quality is pretty decent this should do the trick for me.

Somewhat surprised by the f/6.3 aperture; I've not known any Canon to have a maximum aperture smaller than f/5.6, although the practice is not unusual among 3rd parties.

EOS-M / Re: EF-M 55-250mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM Lens rumour
« on: June 16, 2014, 02:44:02 PM »
This is the lens that I really want for the M.  A small, compact tele for travel purposes with decent image quality.  I like to carry a 6D+24-70 and then M with 22mm.  This would be the perfect extra option.  Hope this one is true.

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: June 13, 2014, 11:28:14 AM »
Hi Dustin.
Very nice shot, all three of you having fun!

Cheers Graham.

Chase the Light

Saw the beautiful light and got my wife to throw the ball so I could focus on tracking and placing our little "friend" where I wanted her!

Exactly.  Kind of hard to be the ball thrower and the photographer!

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: June 12, 2014, 08:01:08 PM »
Here's another mounted on a 6D.  I stopped down to f/2.5 as the DOF is pretty thin at minimum focus wide open.

Ground Level by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:59:55 PM »
Here's another example - this one mounted on a crop (EOS M):

A New Heart by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Reviews / Re: 35/2 IS Review by Dustin Abbott
« on: June 12, 2014, 07:47:34 PM »
I've owned the Sigma 35, 2 copies of the 35/2 IS, and 2 copies of the 35L.

I would take exception with this article stating the 35/2 IS is "sharper" than the 35L.  Wide open, yes.  But the 35L is much sharper @ F/2 especially in the center and vignettes much less.

As far as 'clinical" sharpness, yep, the Sigma has that, along with a brownish tint that makes up the character of the lens.  The 35L IMO just has the best bokeh, color, contrast and rendering.  If I took 100 shots with the 35L and the 35/2 IS, the latter might result in 100 really good photos, but the former might have 8-10 amazing shots.  The 35L is still the king of the 35's.

Sigma = sharpest
Canon 35/2 IS= light, IS, better AF accuracy than the Sigma, plenty sharp enough.
Canon 35L = best build, fastest and most accurate AF of the three, best color/contrast/bokeh.  Really sharp around F/2 and beyond, and F/1.4 is usable.

I have to disagree, my 35mm F2 IS walks all over the L lenses i have owned including the 50mm 1.2L it has brilliant bokeh and is sharp and contrasty to boot , it can also take an amazing close up ....

It may be that i have an extra good copy granted but it certainly is good. I would not swap it for a 35L

example shot : 5Dmk3 35mm F2 IS, F2 iso500

Wedding Photographer Durham Darlington Teesside Newcastle York

I agree regarding the bokeh from the 35 IS.  Great shot, by the way.  It is very useful as a pseudo macro in the field, particularly when you want to include a bit more environment.

Lenses / Re: What was your first L lens?
« on: June 05, 2014, 04:20:36 PM »
My first was the non-IS version of the 70-200 f/4. It was quite a revelation in color and its bokeh replacing the 55-250mm.  Eventually sold it to fund purchasing the 70-200 f/4 IS. 

6D Sample Images / Re: Anything shot with a 6D
« on: June 03, 2014, 01:44:01 PM »
Chase the Light by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

The 6D's AF isn't the most amazing on the planet, and I am not the most experience at AF Servo tracking, either.  But with a little practice I have found it very useful.  This is 200mm, f/2.8, with a very fast moving subject.  I'm not disappointed with the finished result :)

Animal Kingdom / Re: Portrait of your "Best friend"
« on: June 03, 2014, 01:38:38 PM »
Chase the Light by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr

Saw the beautiful light and got my wife to throw the ball so I could focus on tracking and placing our little "friend" where I wanted her!

Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake"
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:53:22 AM »
one of my favs for sure paired with the M

Nicely vivid shot!

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: May 26, 2014, 10:02:15 AM »
Grey owl in moonlight.
1DX, 200-400 f4L IS 1.4x @560mm

That's nice.  Love the mood!

I'll comment partly from my own consumer experience and partly from my photographer POV...

-  In '95 we had a great husband+wife pro photography team do our wedding and they rocked!  And we have a nice hard page album that is a soft leather-like bound album.  It's great.  So I think the album is important and desirable if it's done well.

-  A lot of Brides are impressed by little details.

-  Today, it seems like it is so easy (and cost effective) to have a great album produced by a good service company that I can't imagine investing the amount of work that is required to build one from scratch from a photo printer.  My bigger concern is...

-  YOU are on the hook for supporting/fixing the album if anything goes wrong down the line, a picture fades, the binding fails, something comes apart, etc.

-  The recipient won't appreciate the work or the quality compared to an album that was outsourced.  Even worse, they think that a friend's outsourced album is better.

Dustin, I really like you, your work and your dedication to photography.  It is truly your passion.  While I'm not a professional, I have a hard time seeing the payback for you in doing albums yourself from scratch.  But it's your baby and only you can determine if an outsourced album will measure up.  The only way to know is to get some outsourced album samples done up with your photos and compare them to yours and see what you (and your clients) can live with.

Good luck!!  Please let us know what you decide and what albums you think are best.   :)

Thank you for the feedback.  I really do find it a difficult decision, partly because the range of outsourcing for albums is more limited here in Canada as opposed to the US.

I intentionally don't shoot a lot of weddings.  They are time consuming and photography isn't my primary responsibility.  I don't try to get wedding gigs, but do about 3-4 per year on request, and often for people that mean something to me.  Your advice on exploring some of the commercial options is a good one.

I hope a few other wedding photographers weigh in here.

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